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Apr-2017

Tony Gentile: The War – A Sicilian Story

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July 3 – September 23, 2017 | Tony Gentile | The War – A Sicilian Story

Organised by Photolux and The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation For Documentary Photography & Film

Arles, France Exhibition

A self-taught photographer, reading the books of Ansel Adams and focusing on the works of major international photojournalists, Tony Gentile’s first assignment for Reuters brought him home to Palermo, Sicily.

On March 27, 1992, Tony Gentile snaps photos of two Italian judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, both prosecuting magistrates, sitting at a table. Within four months, both men are dead, assassinated by the mafia. Their murders set off massive protests in Sicily. One of Gentile’s photos – two friends sharing a laugh becomes an iconic symbol of protest against mafia brutality.

The War – A Sicilian Story looks beyond the focus of the murdered judges – covering street life, politics, many deaths, and an undeclared war that in the nineties hit an entire city. Stark black and white images offer both intimate and sweeping images that neither indulge nor make any attempt to evoke pity.

Eclipsing the power of documentary photography, The War: A Sicilian Story imposes an historical narrative that binds viewers to a local reality, immerses them into the emotions of that reality and forces them to reflect either on the acceptance of their own or to perhaps consider an alternative outcome.

Photolux Festival, the International Biennial of Photography, is the crossroads of exchange for renowned masters, experts and photography lovers. Held in Lucca, Italy, Photolux sheds light on new and emerging talents, as well as cutting edge artistic practices. The festival is critically acclaimed by an international audience of critics, press and journalists.

Sharing the mission of supporting photo and film reportage as a catalyst for change and social justice, MROF and Photolux have partnered to mark the 25th anniversary of these assassinations and the work of Tony Gentile in this Arles exhibition The War: A Sicilian Story.

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Tony Gentile
Tony Gentile (Palermo, 1964) is a photographer based in Rome. Since 2003, he has been a Reuters staff photographer. He regularly covers Vatican stories and over the last 10 years has followed the officials events of three different Popes. Tony began this career in 1989 contributing to the local Palermo daily newspaper and with the photographic agency Sintesi in Rome. His images have been published in leading Italian and foreign magazines. In 1991 he began as a stringer for the international press agency Reuters and the following year, at the CHIA awards for photographic and television news, he received a special jury prize for his now famous picture of the Italian judges Falcone and Borsellino.

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